Spectacular opening for AWG 2016

Walter Strong | Nuuk, Greenland
March 7, 2016

With over 1,000 in the general audience and as many athletes, Nuuk’s Inussivik Sports Centre was packed to the rafters for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games March 6. Spectators and athletes were treated to a broad cross-section of Greenlandic culture, from traditional Inuit drumming and dancing to headline performances by leading young pop stars and thoroughly modern dance troupes. It was the culmination of a long journey for many who were delayed due to stormy winter weather, with some going straight from the airport to the ceremonies. Monday, the games begin.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo<br /> Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony<br /> A traditional Inuit drummer ushered in the 2016 AWG opening ceremonies.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
A traditional Inuit drummer ushered in the 2016 AWG opening ceremonies.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo<br /> Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony.<br />Greenlandic pop star Nikolaj Lønstrup gave two performances that had the crowd swooning.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony.
Greenlandic pop star Nikolaj Lønstrup gave two performances that had the crowd swooning.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Tasiilaq Drummers invoked the spirit Greenlandic traditions during the opening ceremonies.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Tasiilaq Drummers invoked the spirit of Greenlandic traditions during the opening ceremonies.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Greenland's The Small Time Giants were a huge crowd hit.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Greenland’s Small Time Giants were a huge hit with the crowd.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Young members of Tupilak Kakalak, a Nuuk Gymnastic Forening team, took to stage with an energized and improvised performance.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Young members of Tupilak Kakalak, a Nuuk Gymnastic Forening team, took to stage with an energized and improvised performance.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Young members of Tupilak Kakalak, a Nuuk Gymnastic Forening team, took to stage with an energized and improvised performance.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Young members of Tupilak Kakalak, a Nuuk Gymnastic Forening team, took to stage with an energized and improvised performance.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony A Tasiilaq drum dancer begins her routine off the mainstage.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
A Tasiilaq drum dancer begins her routine off the mainstage.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Traditional Greenlandic drum dancer performs.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Young dancers took to the stage in traditional Greenlandic clothing.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Young dancers took to the stage in traditional Greenlandic clothing.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony A traditional Greenlandic drum dancer on stage.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony A traditional drum dancer on stage.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Northwest Territories Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Alfred Moses waves the NWT flag proudly during the opening ceremonies.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Northwest Territories Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Alfred Moses waves the NWT flag proudly during the opening ceremonies.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Jacob Klengenberg of Ulukhaktok carried the flag for AWG2016 Team NWT.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Jacob Klengenberg of Ulukhaktok carried the flag for Team NWT.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Members of Team NWT cheer as the enter the Inussivik Sports Centre for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 AWG.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Members of Team NWT cheer as they enter the Inussivik Sports Centre for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Members of Team NWT cheer as the enter the Inussivik Sports Centre for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 AWG.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Members of Team NWT cheer as they enter the Inussivik Sports Centre for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Arviat's Shelby Angalik was the flag bearer for AWG 2016 Team Nunavut as the team enters the Inussivik Sports Centre for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 AWG.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Arviat’s Shelby Angalik is the flag bearer for AWG 2016 Team Nunavut as the team enters the Inussivik Sports Centre for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 AWG.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Members of Team Nunavut could barely contain their excitement as they marched in during the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games as they entered the Inussivik Sports Centre for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 AWG.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Members of Team Nunavut could barely contain their excitement as they marched in for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Members of Team Nunavut captured the moment as the entered the excitement of the Inussivik Sports Centre for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 AWG.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Members of Team Nunavut captured the excitement of the Inussivik Sports Centre for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 AWG.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Arviat's Shelby Angalik was the flag bearer for AWG 2016 Team Nunavut.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Arviat’s Shelby Angalik was the flag bearer for AWG 2016 Team Nunavut.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Members of Team Nunavut thrilled to be at the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Members of Team Nunavut were thrilled to be at the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Team Nunavut amidst a sea of teams from other countries in the Inussivik Sports Centre for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 AWG.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Team Nunavut amidst a sea of teams from other countries in the Inussivik Sports Centre for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 AWG.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony The AWG2016 Choir under the direction of Nina K. Jorgensen were the closing act for the opening ceremonies.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
The AWG2016 Choir under the direction of Nina K. Jorgensen were the closing act for the opening ceremonies.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Members of Team NWT hammed it up for he camera during opening ceremonies.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Members of Team NWT hammed it up for the camera during opening ceremonies.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony The AWG 2016 dancers thrilled the audience with their colourful and energetic routine.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
The AWG 2016 dancers thrilled the audience with their colourful and energetic routine.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 6, 2016 - AWG 2016 opening ceremony Team NWT leads the nations as they exit the Inussivik Sports Centre at the close of the opening ceremonies of the 2016 AWG.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 6, 2016 – AWG 2016 opening ceremony
Team NWT leads the nations as they exit the Inussivik Sports Centre at the close of the opening ceremonies of the 2016 AWG.